Only about 10% of people are left handed. I am in the 10%. So is J. I wonder how often that happens ? I don’t know of any other couple where both people are left handed.
Our handwriting is just about illegible. Especially mine. I use the ‘curve the arm over the page’ method. Meaning that I swing my arm out over the page, with the left hand covering up the word that I’m writing. So depending on the pen this can result in a big smear of blue ink all over the page, hand, and shirt sleeve. I remember coming home from school with ink all over the side of my left hand. Eventually my Mom gave up on trying to get the ink stains out of my shirt sleeve. J came up with her own style, she turns the page sideways, so she does not have to smudge any ink. I have no idea how she’s able to write sideways. Yet another reason she’s smarter than me.
I also went to schools that were built during the Depression, with those little chairs that had fixed arm rests. All of the arm rests were on the right side. I always had to have my left arm hovering out in space as everyone else sat comfortably writing away with their clean shirt sleeves.
Neither one of us can use a pair of scissors the way they’re supposed to be used. It looks like I’m about to cut off one of my fingers when I try to cut something with those things. I finally bought a left handed pair. I will then sometimes forget that it is the left handed scissor I’m using and still use it the wrong way, and then remember and turn them over.
I’m especially bad with the garden pruner. That’s a left handed version too. But I’m so used to having everything backwards that I still use them the wrong way at first before turning them over.
I never learned how to drive a standard transmission car. I guess it just never made sense to me that the control was over there on the wrong side. What’s the left side supposed to do while I drive, that’s the leader, it wants to be in charge, not that right hand side.
In some sports there’s supposed to be an advantage to being left handed. Especially baseball, where left handed pitchers can have long and lucrative careers. But not for me. My parents tried to find a left handed baseball glove for me, this was way back in the early 70′s. It was just about impossible to find one. That turned out to be not so bad anyway as I was completely uncoordinated, and not just at baseball, but at all sports. Not sure if that is related to being left handed, but I’ll blame it on that.
So we were looking forward to finding out what Mr. C would end up being. J works in medical research, so she had access to all kinds of studies about ‘handedness’, based on genetics, environmental factors and cultural factors. She has found out some some good things about being left handed. A larger than expected percentage of people in the arts and sciences are left handed. Depending on the source, either six or seven of the past thirteen US presidents were left handed. 20% of the top scorers on the SAT are left handed.
I have to admit that we were looking forward to having another left handed person in the house. When we cook all of the pot handles would be turned the correct way on the stove. That’s the correct way, not the right way. We would all have indecipherable handwriting. It would be like a secret family code. Who knows, maybe he would grow up to be a famous left handed baseball pitcher, tennis player, or golfer, maybe even the next left handed President of the United States!
She also found out that there is no increase to the odds of having a left handed child if both parents are left handed.
When the big day came and he picked up his first crayon and started to scribble, what did he use? His right hand.
Here he is showing off. He’s even right footed.
Look at me Dada!
Ha ha, very funny, Mr. Future Perfect Penmanship!